the concert will finish at 9.45 pm
Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky. Wissmer: Poetics of Modernism
Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella from 1920 is his most successful ballet from his neo-classical period. The work is based on the figure of Pulcinella, a sharp-tongue and cunning man with a long nose, a traditional character of Italian commedia dell´arte. This was not the first time Stravinsky was inspired by this figure, it appeared before in his ballet Petrushka. Although Pierre Wissmer and Igor Stravinsky were brought together already in the ballet Le beau dimanche, the centre point of Wissmer’s work are concert pieces, in particularly his Concerto for Piano No. 1 and Concerto for Violin No. 2. The latter will be performed by its most competent interpreter, the young French violinist Eva Zavaro, a pupil of Julia Fischer. The PKF — Prague Philharmonia will present this modern, albeit not experimental composition imbued with unique poetics, in collaboration with the association Action Musicale Pierre Wissmer. At a time of approaching spring, we will close the concert reminding ourselves of the winter atmosphere in Tchaikovsky’s captivating Symphony No. 1 in G minor Winter Dreams. It takes us from the first and second movement with the poetic titles Dreams of a Winter Journey and Land of Desolation. Land of Mists, through a waltz in the third movement to an impressive Finale where all orchestral colours are in full display. The engagement of the young, only twenty-eight-year-old conductor Jiří Rožen, who will in the season 2019–2020 have his debut also with the Royal Philharmonic in London, is expected with great excitement. A concert led by two rising stars on the musical sky!
Eva Zavaro plays 1st movement from the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 by Pierre Wissmer
Eva Zavaro — violin
The twenty-four-year-old Eva Zavaro, together with Jiří Rožeň, form a tandem which we could call the “Rising Star Duo”. The overall winner of the 2018 Johannes Brahms Award, from where she also took away the Vadim Repin award for best interpretation of a Mozart composition, could be labelled a prodigal child. At the age of 14 she made her debut with the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Eva Zavaro is a pupil of Roland Daugareil at the Conservatoire national supérieur de Paris and Julia Fischer at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich. Alongside her solo career she also dedicates herself to chamber music, where she has some truly outstanding partners – Julia Fischer, Paul Meyer, Julien Hervé and Guillaume Bellom. As a soloist she has performed at several festivals including Sommets Musicaux in Gstaad in Switzerland, the Mecklenbourg-Vorpommern Festpiele in Germany and the Berlin Konzerthaus. She is a member of the Quatuor Abegg and founder of Quatuor Daphnis. In 2016 she was awarded the Georges Enescu Prize by the SACEM (French Composers' Society).
Jiří Rožeň — conductor
Jiří Rožeň is one of today’s most talented young Czech conductors. He recently became part of the portfolio of one of the world’s largest music agencies – HarrisonParrott in London – which also includes conducting stars such as John Adams, Peter Eötvös, Susanna Mälkki and Krzysztof Penderecki. He made his debut this season with the Deutsches Symphony-Orchester Berlin, the BBC Philharmonic, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Ulster Orchestra in Belfast. Jiří Rožeň was a finalist at two prestigious international conducting competitions — the Nestlé and Salzburg Festival Young Conductors Award and the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition in London. He was an assistant to Donald Runnicles and Thomas Dausgaard in projects which were part of the BBC Proms and the International Festival in Edinburgh. He made a great impression with his debut at the Prague Spring International Music Festival in 2016 with the PKF — Prague Philharmonia. The 2019-2020 sees engagements with the Royal Philharmonic in London, the Royal Philharmonic in Liverpool, the Orchestre national de Belgique and the Orchestre national du Capitole de Toulouse. He has studied masters courses with Daniel Gatti, Bernard Haitink, David Zinman and Peter Eötvös. He is an enthusiastic promoter of 20th century Czech music, in particular the works of Miloslav Kabeláč, Josef Suk, Bohuslav Martinů, Leoš Janáček and Viktor Kalabis.